Presentation on theme: "Veterinary Basic Sciences"— Presentation transcript:
1 Veterinary Basic Sciences A Career in AcademiaDr Charlotte LawsonCardiovascular GroupVeterinary Basic Sciences
2 What is research?1 : Careful or diligent search 2 : Studious inquiry or examination;especially : investigation or experimentation aimed at the discovery and interpretation of facts, revision of accepted theories or laws in the light of new facts, or practical application of such new or revised theories or laws 3 : The collecting of information about a particular subject
3 What Interests Me? Subject areas Working environment Immunology, molecular biology, cardiovascular biology, human cardiovascular disease and prevention, veterinary diseases, basic cell biologyWorking environmentVariety, creativity, independence, improvisation, practical work, responsibility, passing on knowledge, people, travel, team work, management, writing
4 My Career Path… School Undergraduate degree PhD A levels: biology, chemistry, physicsUndergraduate degreeAnimal Science (Wye College, University of London)3rd year project: molecular analysis of wheat ATPases (!)PhDKennedy Institute of Rheumatology (CXWMS, UofL)“Molecular analysis of shedding of human p75 TNF-R”Post-docHarefield Hospital (Imperial College), Transplant immunology groupFellowshipBritish Heart Foundation Intermediate Fellowship (Harefield Hospital)Royal Veterinary College, LondonLecturer in VBS(Lifestyle (Cardiovascular) research group)
5 What do I do in my day? Design and carry out/oversee experiments Analyse and discuss dataWrite papersPresent papers at meetingsWrite grantsTeachingCommittees and admin ()Still have fun ()
6 Career options on graduation ?PhDPostdoc ResearchFellowship/LectureshipWhy choose this route?like research; the “buzz”teaching?Emphasise that skills acquired during time in research useful for all of above careers
7 Or… Work as a technician/research assistant, part time PhD Work in a clinical lab (trainee Biomed scientist, trainee clinical scientist)Accreditation then part time PhDSenior clinical scientist/biomedical scientist
10 What is a PhD? Training in independent research A variety of techniquesScientific publicationsPresentations locally and internationallyA THESIS!Many generic and transferable skillsTime management, team working, organisation, presentation, assertivenessFreedom to develop own academic interests
11 Criteria of successScientific publications (impact factors, citation indexes…!)Research grants (money)charity, industry, research councilsScientific reputationinvited talks, editorial boards…
12 £ Not money…… PhD – about 14-15K (age 21-25) Post Doc 25-30K Lecturer 25K – 40K(age 30-40)Senior Lecturer/reader 40K – 50K(age 35-50)Professor 50 – 70K(age 40-…)No company car/perks, but ok pension and reasonably secure (and you don’t need a big wardrobe budget!)
13 “Normal” Career path First Degree (MSc) PhD Post doc position x1 or x2 Research fellowLectureship (tenure)Senior lecturer/senior research fellowReaderProfessor
14 Benefits Academic freedom! Creativity! Long term goals and targets Self motivation, self drivenVaried activity – hands on, teaching undergrad and postgradWritingTravelSabbatical leaveFew constraintsKudos (editorial boards, invited speakers, review panels)Deadlines!
15 Summary Many different ways of entering research Great way of combining basic science & clinical workDon’t need to be a clinicianFun, exciting, innovative, variable, travel, independence, team work
16 So… If you are the sort of person who has moments Doesn’t mind Is not too motivated by £Likes to be creativeEnjoys and and
17 A career in academia could be for you! Then…A career in academia could be for you!